The classic songs of COLE PORTER have been recorded countless times by all kinds of artists in all kinds of ways, but I doubt if they’ve ever received the treatments they’re given in a new 9 tracker, ‘Call Porter’ from Brazilian singer LICA CECATO and Italian multi instrumentalist PAOLO BALATARO and his Orchestra.
You see the pair came together to have some musical fun; to create what they call “crazy stuff” by taking a clutch of Porter standards and transposing them into, all kinds of musical genres – jazz, pop, chill out, Euro disco, heavy metal and even Merseybeat.
Lica and Paolo have paired Porter with the sounds of people like Genesis, Steely Dan, Burt Bacharach, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Sepultura and the Beatles and indeed it’s the Fab Four/Cole Porter mash up that works the best! The duo take ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ and play it like it might have sounded in the famous Cavern circa 1964…. odd, yes, but it works! The coupling of ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and Burt Bacharach’s ‘Wives And Lovers’ has considerable charm and appeal too. No need to tell you the inspiration on this one.
Other tracks include a Steely Dan inspired version of ‘Let’s Misbehave’, a Hendrix/Miles Davis spin on ‘It’s All Right With Me’ and an Ibizan chill-flavoured ‘Love For Sale’.
LICA CECATO AND THE PAOLO BALTARO ORCHESTRA; CALL PORTER is out now on Banksville Records.